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SOL Tuesday

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WRITE a slice of life story on your blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers.   If you are a… Continue reading

SOL Tuesday

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WRITE a slice of life story on your blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers.   If you are a… Continue reading

It’s Not All About Blog: The Work Before The Blog

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Take the first step together; write, read, and comment on blogs as a class.  These first steps will help your students learn the feel and expectations of a blogging community.

IT’S TUESDAY! PLEASE JOIN US WITH A SLICE OF LIFE!

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WRITE. SHARE. GIVE. We hope you’ll join us all as we tell our stories. Write your post and please share the permalink to your own blog post with the community. Comment on at least three other posts. If… Continue reading

IT’S TUESDAY! PLEASE JOIN US WITH A SLICE OF LIFE!

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WRITE. SHARE. GIVE If you are a slicer who is attending NCTE in St. Louis and you’re interested in joining Stacey and Deb for dinner on 11/18 at 7 pm, please email Stacey at stacey[at]staceyshubitz[dot]com.… Continue reading

Blending Instruction: The One Stop Meeting Space

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With the easel at my left (I am right handed), document camera, computer or iPad on my right, and a swivel chair all my tools are at my fingertips! There’s no need to move across the room to see the screen or make an adjustment to my technology.  The students and I have access to everything in one space.   This one-stop meeting space allows the students to maintain focus on the learning and not the tools. 

Past the Flash of Technology

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Technology gives us all choices and decisions to make. Big decisions. How can we welcome technology in our classrooms? Technology can be a new way of doing the same thing. Will we seek apps that allow our students to make choices in creating and sharing with others, or will we seek apps that do the same old thing in a different way?

The Silent Hero: Routines and Procedures

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Procedures allow us to complete our daily tasks without worry of what’s next.  Our minds are free to think about the important parts of our day, the learning.

Protecting Student Writing Time

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As the school year approaches and we are knee deep in planning our schedules it seems a good time to keep this (previsously run) post in your mind.  What do you believe about… Continue reading

Environments: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

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Working with the intention of creating writing environments with our students that are reflective of the beliefs and the needs of all should be our goal.
While each writing workshop is unique to the writers within the workshop, there are basic design components true of all writing workshops.

What Do Teachers Do All Summer?

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Summer is the opportunity to sit back, hit reset and plan how I will improve for next year.  I like to use my extra hours of summer considering my past teaching practices and think about what worked and what I wish had gone differently.  

My Mission to Stay Connected: Sizzling, Summer, Slam!

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Each summer I plan creative ways to keep my students reading and writing, and each year the participation is less than I anticipated. What is it that causes this lack of participation?  … Continue reading

How Do We Help Students Find Their Why?

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At first, pride filled my heart, but as I continued to watch, I realized the work ethics I was watching at that moment hadn’t been as clear nor intentional throughout the year. The day’s show of teamwork could have been the culmination of a year’s work, but I knew it was something more.

GRAB A SEAT, GRAB A PEN, & GET APPY: KEEP LEARNING GOING THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER

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Writers grow as they witness writing in their lives. The waiters jotting down orders, medical staff recording on charts, families creating a to-do list, shopping list, planning vacations, messaging family, and friends, composing emails, journaling, and the many other reasons we write in our lives.

Finding Time: With Craft Moves on The Poem Farm

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Poetry month in my opinion (and my students’) is a celebration of writing! It’s a time when we writers welcome new beginnings and hone the art and crafting of our writing skills. I watch my students take wings and write with grace and confidence during poetry month.

A Learner-Driven Classroom & Writing Workshop

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Moving to a learner-driven classroom has changed my role in the classroom and writing workshop. As a teacher in a learner-driven classroom, I have stepped back to observe the learner.

A Challenge for First-Time Slicers

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If this is your first time participating in the SOLSC, then this weekend challenge is for you!

Four Quick Steps: Are You Ready For Opinion Writing?

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To help guide our teaching we needed to know what our kids can do and where they would need our support.

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 5 OF 31

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I hope you and your writers are finding the joy and freedom of Slicing!   As your writers are writing away, remind them of the value of reading comments and offering comments as… Continue reading

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 4 OF 31

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This is the fourth of 31 posts where you will share the permalink to your students’ slice of life stories in (the comments section below) or the permalink to your class hub where we can then access the blogs of your writers.